Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has identified Lyon attacking-midfielder Nabil Fekir as his number one summer transfer target, according to the Daily Mail.
The French club are understood to value the player at around £45m but are also unwilling to sell the 24-year-old to the Gunners.
Wenger wants to add to his attack this summer, despite the recent January arrivals of both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Reluctant to sell
The attacker has been a long-term target for Wenger for some time now and the French manager is keen to finally move for him this summer.
It is reported that Arsenal’s French scout Gilles Grimandi has been to watch Fekir in action, with Real Madrid having also shown an interest in signing the player.
Wenger is hopeful of having a deal for Fekir wrapped up before he travels to the World Cup in Russia with France.
Last summer, Lyon allowed Alexandre Lacazette to move to the Gunners in a deal worth a reported £52m, meaning they are very reluctant to also lose Fekir to the North Londoners.
Arsenal will also look to sign West Bromwich Albion central defender Jonny Evans this summer coming.
They are confident of finally landing the player in a deal worth £25m, having been keen on signing him last month.
Wenger has already admitted that he regrets not having moved for a defensive option in January:
“Yes, because our defensive numbers are not good enough and that’s where we needed some possible strengthening as well.
I believe we have to find an internal solution to our defensive problems, and that means everyone putting more effort in.”